Gasol unsure about opening night

SAN DIEGO — Here’s what Pau Gasol said during a halftime interview tonight about his hamstring injury and whether he can play in the season opener against the Clippers:

“I tried to practice a couple of days ago, and it got a little worse. It got irritated. It got a little aggravated. So we took a step backwards. We have to let it heal so I can get back there. I don’t know (about playing Tuesday). It’s not out of the question. I’ve got to see how it feels on a daily basis. Just let it heal. Hamstring injuries are tough. If you don’t treat them right, it can create a long-term issue. That’s something we don’t want to do, especially at this time of year. If I don’t (play Tuesday), I won’t be too disappointed. If I do, I will obviously be very excited, because I don’t like missing games. I have to try to be smart about it. I don’t want it to linger long term. I want to let it heal.”

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